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Wesley Students, Alumni and Faculty Co-Author Textbook Chapter

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 7:45am

Pictured (left to right) Front Row: Olsen, Bautista and Nwogbaga Back Row: Miller, Wentzien, D'Souza and Brandenburg.Wesley students, alumni and faculty recently co-authored a full chapter in the textbook publication: Advances in Statistical Methodologies and Their Applications to Real Problems.

The students and professors included: Biological chemistry major, Edward Brandenburg; Wesley College alumna and graduate student in the bioinformatics program at the University of Delaware, Riza Bautista; Director of International Programs and Wesley College alumna, Rebecca Miller; Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm D’Souza; Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Derald Wentzien; Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga; and Associate Professor of Mathematics, Paul Olsen.

The chapter titled; Descriptive and Inferential Statistics In Undergraduate Data Science Research Projects, provides examples where solutions were attained for undergraduate research. Individuals had topics on different courses or subjects matters.

All students credited with co-authoring are currently or were students in the Cannon Scholars program and the Honors program at Wesley College.

“This is a testament to the important undergraduate research our students are doing here at Wesley,” said Wesley College President Robert E. Clark II. “The mentors have been instrumental in helping our students reach new heights.”

Chemistry Directed Research: Linear Free Energy Relationships to Understand Molecular Pathways
Dr. D’Souza and Brandenburg solved why nature is a genius when it comes to chemical use. A millipede produces hydrogen cyanide (HCN) as a defense mechanism. The researchers mathematically showed and proved the science behind why the millipede can very quickly produce HCN in a low energy barrier reaction.

Scholars Day and Honors Thesis: Estimating Missing Values from a Time Series Data Set
Dr. Wentzien and Bautista provide a method to estimate, with great statistical significance, the missing information of real data.

Scholars Day and Honors Thesis: Statistical Methodologies and Applications in the Ebola War
Dr. Nwogbaga and Miller plotted the path of the Ebola virus and showed methodologies for using similar methods during other public health events.

First Year Seminar, Probability and Expected Value in Statistics:
Professor Olsen uses probability and statistics to show why gamblers lose against the house.

Advances in Statistical Methodologies and Their Applications to Real Problems will be released in December of 2016 or January of 2017.

This work was made possible by grants from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences–NIGMS (P20GM103446) from the National Institutes of Health (DE-INBRE IDeA program), a National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant IIA-1301765 (DE-EPSCoR program) and the Delaware (DE) Economic Development Office (DEDO program). The undergraduates acknowledge tuition scholarship support from Wesley’s NSF S-STEM Cannon Scholar Program (NSF DUE 1355554), and Riza Bautista acknowledges further support from the NASA DE-Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) program (NASA NNX15AI19H).

Pictured (left to right) Front Row: Olsen, Bautista and Nwogbaga Back Row: Miller, Wentzien, D’Souza and Brandenburg.